Thursday, August 17, 2017

HGTV feature

I'm so excited to be featured over at with an overlooked storage solution. The funny thing is, it is my kitchen island I'm always talking about ripping out and rebuilding:-) Funny how things work, ha.

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Head on over to and see the great ideas they have put together!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sometimes all you need is a little change

 ...or a big change. Sometimes changing something small can actually make the biggest impact. 

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer Front Porch

I thought it was about time to show y'all my front porch -- before Fall arrives, right? 

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Friday, June 30, 2017

The dining chair dilemma...

Despite my excitement on finding eight of these Duncan Phyfe style chairs on craigslist seven years ago, they have proven to be super uncomfortable and not very practical. 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hickory Ridge Porch at Balsam Mountain Preserve

I have loved the opportunity to do some seasonal design work at a friend's house at Balsam Mountain Preserve.  When she asked me to add a little summer pizzaz to her porch, I quickly jumped at the chance. 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bohemian Summer Home Tour

Is it summer already?? It is certainly in full swing here in the North Carolina mountains, and I'm happy you are here for a tour of our little house. I'm honored to be part of Marty's Summer Home Tours again, and so glad you came by after visiting Debbie's beautiful home

Be forewarned that I love color. And lots of it. For real. 

We don't really have an entry so everyone comes through a set of french doors that open into what also serves as a music space. My hubs and I are both musicians so I have finally embraced the fact that there are instruments everywhere. 

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is a day set aside for us to remember the men and women who have given their lives in service to this country over the years.

Their families are not celebrating the beginning of summer but dealing with their loved one making the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life.

That should make us all stop and think.

To Them We Owe

© Don Nielsen

Happened today, and in the past;
Sacrifice made, for ours to last.

Wives to widows, families torn;
Gave their lives, for them we mourn.

Gone forever, souls are lost;
Freedom comes, with this cost.

Enjoy the life, they did preserve;
Fate they suffered, did not deserve.

On this day, lest we forget;
To them we owe, our life in debt.

Luis and I wanted to do something this weekend to honor those men and women who have died serving this great nation, so I re-recorded the vocal for the arrangement of Battle Hymn I did in the Air Force Band and added some video and images. It was difficult watching combat footage trying to find the right things to share, but it brought home the fact that sometimes brave people are called to face down evil so the rest of us can live in freedom. Remember the families whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice for you. Featuring the Band of the Air Force Reserve, Christ Church Choir, Marcel Marchetti on trumpet, and the amazing Jim Hammerly on piano


Friday, March 24, 2017

Bohemian chic spring home tour

I am so excited to be participating in Marty's spring home tour with a group of wonderful bloggers again this year.  If you are coming over from Laura's beautiful home at Inspiration for Moms, welcome! 

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sweet Saint Patrick's Day flowers for Balsam Mountain Preserve

I had the opportunity to add a little Irish flair at Balsam Mountain Preserve's Boarding House for the Saint Patrick's Day dinner tomorrow night.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Making Spring wreaths for an amazing house

I had the opportunity to make Spring wreaths for the *most* amazing house of friends at Balsam Mountain Preserve. 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pretty Spring table

First, I have to thank you all for helping me out with my dying succulents! What great suggestions y'all had for me. I can't wait to get a few more and try again. 

Now, on to this pretty spring table. After the Valentine's Dinner at Balsam Mountain Preserve, I had 16 flower arrangements to do something with, so they sat on my back porch all week. Luckily, it was cold, so they kept beautifully. I could not let them be wasted, so after sending a large arrangement to the owner and one to my mom, I rearranged a few of them and set a table in my dining room. 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

My succulents are begging for help.

 I love succulents. Even though they're "trendy" -- I still love them. And cacti. I have always had an affinity for cacti, and loved growing them when I went through my "Southwest" phase in the late 80s early 90s. 

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Boho winter dining and new Moroccan lanterns

I guess I should get right to this since we seem to have moved from what should have been winter right on into summer. Considering the fires and drought this fall, I hate to think about what summer might be like here.  But, like Scarlett O'Hara, I'll worry about that tomorrow and for now, we'll visit the *winter* dining room. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Valentine's Day flowers for Balsam Mountain Preserve

Last weekend I had the opportunity to create flower arrangements for the Valentine's Dinner at Balsam Mountain Preserve.  

This is the arrangement I made for the owner after the dinner was over.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas at Balsam Mountain Preserve

I wanted to share with you all some of my work at Balsam Mountain Preserve as I didn't get a chance before Christmas. Everything I did there, could easily translate into winter. I, for one, hate to see the beautiful warmth of Christmas decor go away and be replaced with nothing, or worse -- spring decor, so I like to incorporate lots of fresh greenery, candles and natural elements that keep a bare winter space looking warm and cozy through the winter months.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Porch

Thought I would share the last of the photos that I shot for Romantic Homes that did not make the article. Plus, we sure haven't had snow yet, so I haven't even taken any photos of this year's porch.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

How to get the aroma of a live Christmas tree in your home

I have always loved the smell of a fresh-cut Balsam fir. Even with a live tree, I have never really gotten the aroma I remember from my childhood. 

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Romantic Homes photo shoot -- the Christmas bedroom

I wanted to share with y'all some more of the photos I took last winter for the Romantic Homes feature this December that did not make the magazine. None of the bedroom photos were in, so I can show you all of those. 

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Home Tour

I'm so excited to welcome you all here for my Christmas Home Tour, and am very thankful for Marty at A Stroll Thru Life, for inviting me along, as this is the only tour I'm part of. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas dining room and kitchen pics that didn't make the magazine

Since I have all these photos already, and no one has seen them, I couldn't just let them sit in my computer, right?  Especially since they are so different from what I've done this year in the house, which y'all can see next Friday, Dec. 9 on Marty's 2016 Christmas Home Tour. These are all from the shoot I did last winter for Romantic Homes Magazine. I'll share the dining room and kitchen today and finish up with the bedroom later. 

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas photo shoot -- what didn't make it in the magazine

I had the amazing opportunity to shoot photos and write a story for this December's Romantic Homes Magazine. Over the course of a couple months, I shot a lot of photos and thought I would share the ones that didn't make the story with you all here, starting with the  main living space.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Colorful Thanksgiving

I always come up with something different for Thanksgiving, and this year is no exception. 

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Romantic Homes Magazine Christmas feature!

About a year and a half ago, I got an email from the editor of Romantic Homes asking if I would write a story to go with some photos they had seen, and if I would also write and shoot a Christmas feature for 2016. After I recovered from passing out, I went ahead and started planning, without telling anyone because I was petrified something would go wrong, or they wouldn't like what I did. 

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